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    #1

    Singular or plural in generalization(#2)?

    When I refer the terms "manager" and "shop" as generic nouns in the examples below, can I use either case (1. or 2.) despite the plural subject? Is the example 1. below grammatically wrong?

    1. They can be a manager of a shop.
    2. They can be managers of shops.

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    #2

    Re: Singular or plural in generalization(#2)?

    Not to me- each person could become a single manager of a single shop.

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    Re: Singular or plural in generalization(#2)?

    I think it all depends on context.
    If #1 was in the context of: "When students graduate from this program, they can be a manager of a shop", it doesn't sound too bad.
    I always try to achieve parallelism when possible though and something about #1 just doesn't seem quite right!

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    #4

    Re: Singular or plural in generalization(#2)?

    Thank you for your replies.
    My understanding now is that I could use either case--#1 or #2-- and they are both grammatically correct (though #2 still might sounds better).
    Am I wrong?

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    #5

    Re: Singular or plural in generalization(#2)?

    No, you're not.

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